2024 Lectures: Elizabeth Harman

Love and Abortion

We are very pleased to announce that Professor Elizabeth Harman is to deliver our 2024 Annual Uehiro Lectures in Practical Ethics on 25 April, 2 and 9 May 2024.

The lecture series, entitled "Love and Abortion", will take place in-person in the H B Allen Centre, Keble College, 25 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN.

What does love teach us about abortion?  How does love challenge our ideas about abortion?  How can love explain the importance of abortion?

All are welcome to attend these free, public lectures - we hope you will be able to join us!  Full details can be found below.

Register here 

About the Speaker

Photograph of Elizabeth Harman speaking

Elizabeth Harman is Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy and Human Values at Princeton University.  She writes about the ethics of procreation, the ethics of abortion, moral status, what we owe to animals, moral ignorance, moral uncertainty, practical reasoning and the significance of regret, and actions above and beyond what morality requires.  Harman is writing two books, Love and Abortion (from her Uehiro Lectures) and When To Be a Hero, about actions above and beyond what morality requires.

Harman is co-editor of two philosophy textbooks:  Norton Introduction to Philosophy, Second Edition (2018) and Norton Introduction to Ethics (in progress).  She also edits a book series for Princeton University Press, Insights:  Philosophy in Focus; the first book in the series will be out soon.

Harman is committed to helping academia become more inclusive and supportive.  She is Director of Early-Career Research at Princeton’s Center for Human Values, providing career development and placement support to the Center’s graduate student fellows and postdocs.  Harman co-created and co-runs the Athena in Action Networking and Mentoring Workshops for Graduate Student Women in Philosophy; more than two hundred philosophy graduate students have participated in these workshops since they began in 2014.

Lecture 1: Love as the Reason We Need Abortion

Thursday 25 April 2024, 16:15- 18:00 (followed by a drinks reception for all attendees)

Lecture 2: Loving Someone Whose Death Wouldn’t Matter

Thursday 2 May 2024, 16:15- 18:00

Lecture 3: When Does Love Make a Baby?

Thursday 9 May 2024, 16:15- 18:00

Registration for in-person attendance is now open on Bookwhen

Since there is no charge for the event, not all registered participants attend. To compensate for this, we operate a policy of overbooking so please arrive early in order to guarantee your seat.



H B Allen Centre Lecture Theatre, Keble College, 25 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6NN


We aim to release video recordings of all three lectures as soon as we can once the series has concluded.

Details of Professor Harman's book for the Series will follow in due course.

Link to the Uehiro Series in Practical Ethics on the OUP website: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/category/academic/series/philosophy/uspe.do